Finding Freedom by Pandora_de_Romanus
Nasir has been living in pure hell. His boyfriend, Glaber, manipulates, controls and abuses him on a daily basis, and all Nasir wants is peace. After a particularly bad beating, Nasir's doctor informs him of the gym he operates that teaches fighting and self defense skills. Dr. Spartacus recommends extra physical therapy for his injuries so Nasir can learn to properly defend himself, and maybe one day put an end to his suffering.
Once Nasir arrives he realizes that just about every person who trains or works at the gym has something in common: pain. They've all experienced it, most in very horrific ways. Even though he's apprehensive, Nasir knows that he has do something because there may not be a second chance when it comes to his safety.
I really enjoyed this story. The subject matter is quite dark and heavy, but I was pulled into Nasir's life and experiences. Even though all of the Sparty characters have their own painful stories to tell, it's not overkill. Each person struggled at one point or another, but eventually overcame that adversity. Finding Freedom reminds me of films like Enough and Sleeping with the Enemy, in which you watch the agony the victim endures, but also anxiously anticipate the final showdown between the abuser and survivor. You will very satisfied by the ending.
Since this story is not beta'd, it does contain typos and tense issues. However, don't let that deter you. The story itself is captivating and will keep you on the edge of your seat!